Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: "If I am eligible to retire under FERS on May 20, 2014, with 10 years of continuous service, and an 80 hours of unused sick leave balance, what will happen to the 80 hours of SL balance? I understand that 100 percent of the 80 hours will be added to my service years for my annuity calculation purpose. But, will I also get paid (either in a lump sum or through other means) for the unused 80 hours sick leave?"

Question: "If I am eligible to retire under FERS on May 20, 2014, with 10 years of continuous service, and an 80 hours of unused sick leave balance, what will happen to the 80 hours of SL balance? I understand that 100 percent of the 80 hours will be added to my service years for my annuity calculation purpose. But, will I also get paid (either in a lump sum or through other means) for the unused 80 hours sick leave?"

Answer: If you retire on May 20, 2014, with 10 years of FERS service and with 80 hours of unused sick leave, then all of the 80 hours of unused sick leave will be added to your service time for the sole purpose of calculating your FERS annuity. You will not get paid in a lump-sum payment for your unused sick leave hours. But you will get paid in a lump-sum payment for all of your unused annual leave hours at the time of your retirement. 

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